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Conversations with Heroes – The Heroism of “Ruth & Naomi” AND...

14 Shevat 5777 – February 9, 2017
An exclusive behind-the-scenes peek of the musical production, “Ruth & Naomi in the Fields of Bethlehem”.

Shavuot: The Scandalous Backstory of Ruth & Boaz

5 Sivan 5775 – May 22, 2015
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Shavuot: Celebrating Torah, Harvest & The Book of Ruth

2 Sivan 5775 – May 20, 2015
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The Integral Link Between Nation And Family

29 Iyyar 5774 – May 29, 2014
May we feel the pain of what is happening in Israel not merely as members of the Jewish nation but as members of our own family.

The Teachings of Ruth

8 Sivan 5773 – May 16, 2013
The Ruth story demonstrates how all Jews should treat the strangers among us.

Hebron Advocate Shares Hundreds of Articles on Real Life, Love of...

10 Tevet 5773 – December 23, 2012
Hundreds of articles detailing the real life and passionate fight of the Jewish community of Hebron to maintain their historic and modern claims to the city purchased by the Jewish patriarch Abraham have been published online.

Mordechai Ben David, Boogie Yaalon, Shlomo Katz, 60,000 More at Hebron...

18 Tishri 5773 – October 4, 2012
Mordechai Ben David, Chaim Yisrael, Udi Davidi and Shlomo Katz performed to a packed audience on Wednesday in the Jewish biblical city of Hebron, burial ground of the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, matriarchs Sarah, Rebecca, and Leah, and Jewish ancestors and notables Jesse, Ruth, and Avner.

Too Little, Too Late: Parliament Grills BBC Chief on Belittling Fogel...

5 Tammuz 5772 – June 24, 2012
The British Broadcasting Corporation “got it wrong” in its reporting of the massacre of the Fogel family by Palestinians in the West Bank village...

Google Chief Eric Schmidt, Dr. Ruth, and Nobel Laureate Prof. Daniel...

30 Sivan 5772 – June 20, 2012
Schmidt: "The smartphone revolution will be universal. There are only one billion people with smartphones and two billion with access to the Internet. The World Wide Web has yet to live up to its name. Technology does not produce miracles, but connectivity, even in modest amounts, changes lives."

PA to UN: Make Church of Nativity World Heritage Site in...

23 Sivan 5772 – June 13, 2012
The Palestinian Authority will attempt to register the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem as a world heritage site in the country of Palestine when the World Heritage Committee meets in Russia from June 24 to July 6.

Title: Sorosi Bamdinos on Shir Hashirim and Ruth

4 Sivan 5772 – May 24, 2012
It’s refreshingly rare to welcome a new compendium on the targum of Megillas Shir Hashirim and Ruth (in one volume), just released by Rabbi Henoch Levine. This is the tenth volume in a series by the author, acclaimed for his expertise in targumic studies in general, and for his works on Targum Yonasan Ben Uziel Al Hatorah, in particular.

Yoram Ettinger: Shavuot Guide for the Perplexed

Shavuot is the holiday of the Torah, which impacted the US Constitution in particular and the state of Western morality, liberty, and democracy in general. Shavuot is celebrated by decorating homes and houses of worship with Land of Israel-related fruit, vegetables, herb and flowers, demonstrating the indigenous connection between the Torah of Israel, the People of Israel, and the Land of Israel.

Artifact Found in Time for Shavuot Proves Bethlehem Existed During First...

2 Sivan 5772 – May 23, 2012
Israel Antiquities Authority and the Ir David Foundation announced that a clay seal was discovered bearing the name of the city of Bethlehem, evidence that the city existed during the period of the First Temple in Jerusalem. The find coincides with the upcoming holiday of Shavuot, during which time Jews from around the world focus on the story of the biblical figure Ruth, set in the city of Bethlehem.

From Mein Kampf to Ruth, Now That’s Some Roundup

1 Sivan 5772 – May 22, 2012
I was bored and so I Googled "Jewish jokes" and got this one. I chortled, I think you will, too. Cohen and Levy are both...

From `Sin’ [China] to Sinai

27 Iyyar 5772 – May 18, 2012
This is not my story at all. But when I heard it from Avigayil Madmoni, formerly Gin Lin Lug, a Chinese convert, I gained a new view of what Torah means to me. I know for sure, as anyone who has ever met this very charming, sincere, lovable young woman will agree with me, that Avigayil is my sister like any other Jew and that she surely stood at Har Sinai -- together with my ancestors and the souls of their descendants, namely me and all the Jews alive today, and who have ever lived, since the giving of the Torah.

What We Can Glean From Ruth’s Posture

5 Sivan 5771 – June 7, 2011
Until one examines the Book of Ruth - which is read on the holiday of Shavuot - artistically and mines the text for visual fodder that would lend itself to dynamic subjects to paint, one is unlikely to realize how passive the book actually is. The overwhelming majority of action verbs have to do with speech, and there is virtually no violence or conflict. Save a spitting in a shoe here or uncovering an ankle there, the book is much more about states of mind and identity than it is about action.

Remembering Babe Ruth’s Concern For Jews During The Holocaust

28 Iyyar 5771 – June 1, 2011
The New York Yankees and their fans observe April 27 as Babe Ruth Day to remember the home run slugger's exploits on the baseball diamond. Jewish New Yorkers, however, this year marked the day by remembering another side of Ruth - his little-known efforts to aid African-Americans and other minorities, including Jews in Europe during the Holocaust.

The Heroes Among Us

18 Sivan 5769 – June 10, 2009
In 1943, a Bulgarian baker named Rubin Dimitrov was at work in his Sofia shop when he saw Jews running from the police. He saved a group of them from a deportation roundup by hiding them in his oven. When asked about the incident, Dimitrov modestly replied, "One couldn't sit idly by, arms crossed, doing nothing. A true human being is obliged to help . So, I opened the door of my bakery oven to hide these people."

Feminist Trends At The Jewish Art Salon

19 Iyyar 5769 – May 13, 2009
It was a little surreal sitting in the sanctuary of the Stanton Street Synagogue at the opening of the Jewish Art Salon exhibit. It was hard not to notice the sharp contrast between the synagogue's tragically decaying collection of Zodiac signs painted on its walls and its dusty interior - some parts of which might still bear original grime dating back to 1913 when the synagogue was built - and the vibrant new art created by the 29 artists affiliated with the salon (including both the authors of this column).

Out Of The Eyes Of Grandchildren

25 Nisan 5768 – April 30, 2008
Normalcy is relative. It is what you become used to. The more frequently something occurs, the more we see it as normal.

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